The Book of Arnold fitz Thedmar
Arnold fitz Thedmar (1201-74) was a wealthy merchant and a second-generation German immigrant who became an alderman of London and spokesman for the German merchants in the city. He was also responsible for the production of a book which was the first of its kind in the British Isles. Arnold’s book is most famous for its ‘Chronicle of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London’. This chronicle tells in compelling detail the story of the period between Magna Carta and the parliamentary state, when the country was torn apart by civil war, and when London was divided by internal strife and communal revolution. This edition will contain a transcription of the Latin and French text of the chronicle, and other material contained within the same manuscript, alongside an English translation, together with an introduction to the manuscript and the man who produced it.
6th July 2018